Lifehacker is, in my opinion, one of the best how-to resources online. Here’s a quick video on how to quickly prep in the kitchen.
Wait but why is probably the single most intelligent site I have come across in ages. If you have the least problem with procrastination, you need to read this:
Then read it again. It is brilliant. I am a donor–it’s the only website I contribute to.
Other interesting things around the net.
Ever have one of those rare moments when you KNOW your search for good music is temporarily over?
Read the Shirk Report, People. Honestly.
At least they are in the supermarket. They are the Bermuda Triangle of food schtuffs: Can you tell me, off the top of your head, where are the breadcrumbs in your supermarket? Any idea? Any idea? No. No. Because they are like the Eucharist: a Mystery, capital M. No one who works in a grocery store knows where they are, either. Are they in the baking isle? No. I’ve found them by soda, by snacks, by just about anything. They defy category.
Now here’s a thing… I always have breadcrumbs, from the store, on hand. Why? Because there are few finer things on this dear, rotten earth than Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs on pork chops. God bless my little Louisana/Mississippi hybrid momma. All ya need is egg, pork chop (I love Iowa Chops) and some Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs.
Lenora’s Porky Chops
Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs
Eggs, beaten cause they deserve it.
Pork chops which are delicious and not cuddly and deserve to be on your plate.
Dip pig in chicken’s potential but-not-quite-new-chickens and bake or fry up. Don’t have the heat too high or it will brown the bread coating REAL FAST and make them ugly brown and eventually burnt.
Serve up. Yer done.
You will be so impressed. Everyone will love them, and you will rarely cook pork any differently, ever.
When you have acclimated yourself to the awesomeness that is Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs, try this…
Lenora’s Magnificent And I Mean Bad Ass Beooootiful Stuffed Artychokies
Buy them bad boys. Just do it. In the produce isle where you often advert your eyes because you don’t quite know how to deal with artichokes. But now that you have PIBC’s, look THEM IN THE EYE DO NOT SHOW FEAR and buy two. Or three. Doesn’t matter.
Wander over to the Good Cheese section. Now the Good Cheese Section will not say “Good Cheese Section” because it is cheese and it is subtle, baby. Subtle. Grab you a container (more than 8 oz.) of Romano, Parmesan, and Provolone. Grated, preferably.
Getcha a BIG pot. Like a Dutch oven. (Why’s it called that? I’ve never cooked any Dutch in it, ever.) Put one of those steam trays in the bottom, or anything that will elevate the artichokes about an inch or so off the bottom. A steam basket will do.
Trim the artichokes where the bottoms are flat. Put them aside and let them wonder what’s coming next, cause that shit’s brutal and they’ll really think the worst.
Then take the Progresso Bread Crumbs–I’d say about 1 cup or so–more or less, you’re going to have to eyeball it AND THINK FOR YOURSELF (do you see step-by-step instructions here? NO. Because you don’t need me to hold your hand, like it’s your first time to use the freaking Easy Bake Oven!). Then you put in about a cup each of the Romano, Parmesan and Provolone. And let me tell you–any cheese for the Provolone will do, as long as its a bit melty. I wouldn’t recommend motzerella, but that’s because of how you eat it–it would get all awkward. You’ll see why in a minute. But substitute Italian blend or cheddar or four cheese–anything that will add moisture and melty texture.
Toss those bad boys. Don’t apologize to anyone. Not the Vegans, not the dairy cows, and not your fifth grade teacher who told you that animals were all like Bambi and deserved good things. Just cheese it, baby. Put in some salt, maybe a teaspoon for the whole lot. You won’t need much.
Then take the artichokes and starting at the bottom (much like my writing career) take a tablespoon and scoop the mixture into the leaves. Pull them down to create a gap. STUFF them. STUFF. All the way up to the top. I find it helpful to put it in the bowl with the mixture, so it’s all kept in one place.
Then pour about two tablespoons of olive oil over each. Put in Dutch oven in 350 degree oven for about an hour, maybe a bit more–until one of the leaves will pull away easily.
They are glorious. They are quite possibly, my favorite food in the whole world, and I treasure the once or year or so I make them.
It’s one thing to wade through a how-to book and learn another’s method, it’s another thing entirely (and infinetly more efficient) to let someone ELSE read the book and then demonstrate it to you in a 15 minute vid on YouTube. The Japanese organization expert Marie Kondo has an excellent approach. Here it’s demonstrated by a college (I think he’s in college) student who breaks it down effectively in fifteen minutes. I found it very useful, especially the clothes part.
My organization methods were first sparked by The Fly Lady, who said, “If you’re overwhelmed, start with the kitchen sink. Just never go to bed with dirty dishes. Clean the sink, wipe it dry, and go to bed.” And with that one thing, I went from boderline Hoarders star to an organized housekeeper.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed with your housekeeping, start with this video. He’s friendly and honest and makes it easy to follow.
Also, if you are like me and battle ADHD with both hands (oh, my gerd. You just don’t know unless you know) try Any.do. It’s free and the single most effective thing I use to stay on track. It seamlessly gives me a timed list from my iPad, my Android, or my Chrome. I swear, I don’t know how I lived with out it. Oh, wait, I was disorganized and frustrated. Then I felt a lot more in control with it.
Personally, I hope the put the name of the company on the house so they’ll get the publicity they deserve. Taken from a Today Show post.
Volunteers flip a home in 72 hours to raise money for 5-year-old’s medical bills
Try explaining “flipping a house” to a 5 year old, and the reaction is priceless.
Carter King was told that a huge project was being orchestrated just for him, and he exclaimed, “I have never seen an upside-down house!”
His mom Laura told TODAY.com that she doesn’t know if he fully grasps the whole 72-hour home renovation in his honor, but that she could tell he was enjoying being the center of attention. “He was doing a handprint at the house [when construction began], and it was like pulling teeth to get him to leave,” she said.
Courtesy of Doug Perry
The home before the 72-hour makeover.
The home after the 72-hour makeover.
Several volunteers spent July 9-11 renovating a home in Centennial, Colorado, in hopes of raising money to help the King family pay for Carter’s soaring medical bills.
“He’s been running fever since late October,” said Laura King, who lives in Parker, Colorado. He’s also been suffering from bad headaches, screaming fits, and gets pretty emotional. “So we took him to see the doctor, and they did blood work,” she said.
The medical team could see that there’s something wrong with him and his immune system, but haven’t been able to make an official diagnosis yet. Because of that, the family’s insurance isn’t paying the bills, and so far they’ve had to pay around $175,000 out of pocket.
“We had a friend whose son passed away from brain cancer, so he’s been an emotional support recently,” King said. And he was also the one who reached out to Doug Perry, general partner of The Buy-Out Company which buys, renovates and resells homes in the area.
The home as it was being renovated.
“He told me about their situation and wondered if there was something we could do to help,” Perry said. “I just felt like it must be so difficult having a sick child and having a financial part of it as well. I could just see the stress.”
Perry and his team purchased a home for $200,000 and hope that they’ll be able to sell it for a profit of at least $100,000, all of which will be given to the King family to help with Carter’s bills.
Courtesy of Doug Perry
The home was completely gutted during the remodel.
The company does home renovations all the time, but most take at least a month to finish, Perry said. “We really haven’t done anything quite like this.”
Most of the supplies and home fixtures used to make over the house were donated by various companies. As for the improvements they made, the list goes on and on. On the exterior, the team added a new roof, siding, windows, doors and a large deck. On the inside, they added hardwood floors, tile in the bathrooms, new cabinets and countertops, and upgraded the light fixtures.
“People have been so good,” he said. “A lot of the volunteers have been employees from our company, but I also met a lot of new people at the job site.”
King added that the number of volunteers (around 100) has overwhelmed her enough to where she’s practically speechless when it comes to expressing how grateful she and her family are.
Volunteers pose with the King family outside the home after the remodel was complete.
“It’s an insane feeling knowing how supported we are,” she said. “When I was telling my mom about it, I compared it to a rip tide, except we just keep getting piled on with generosity and blessings.”
The property goes on the market Tuesday, July 14, and there will be an open house on Saturday, July 18. You can find out more about Carter’s Cause and the home improvement project here.